Greetings, planet Earth. We come in peace!

First, let me tell you I’m ok and Jimi is ok. I know it has been quiet on this blog, very quiet. There were some minor health issues and I got infected with Covid-19 early December. I lost my taste and smell for almost 6 weeks so I couldn’t enjoy my espressos and chocolate. What a bummer…
I’m glad we’re heading to spring and we can enjoy the days getting longer. So I won’t start complaining about the 2 days with snow so far… Knock on wood and keep fingers and paws crossed!

A few days ago Jimi received a surprise package from Christine, a dear friend living in Saint Paul, Minneapolis (US of A). Christine is a long time follower of the blog from the early days.

Immediately, Jimi picked the purple ball and it’s still his favourite toy. I loved the Kitty Stardust poster that Christine added to pay tribute to Mr. Bowie. Thank you so much, Christine.

There’s still a lot of misery in the world. And a lot of bad and dramatic things are happening everywhere. So please, try to make this world a better place. Enjoy the little things in your life if possible. Life is too short to be sad or angry.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

114 responses

  1. What a sweet gift for Jimi. I’m happy you hadn’t been abducted by any of the UFOs they have been shooting down lately.

  2. So nice to hear from you, and I’m sorry you had to battle Covid. The world is full of challenges right now, and the poor Ukrainians are suffering, and so needlessly because one man just needs to flex his muscles (and ego). But we will take the good that we can find…it is there. And spring is coming.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      I’m afraid to switch on the tv news… I wish there was some more happy and good news to share on tv. But yes, thank goodness spring is just around the corner…

  3. Jimi has admirers who send him gifts! I am not surprised. Such a magnificent cat must have fans all over the world.

  4. Glad you are much better. That was very nice, very sweet of Christine to send a gift to Jimi. I sent dad a fast text that you weren’t trapped in some transporter buffer. I prefer a shuttle myself. I’m like Dr. McCoy. There’s something unnatural about scattering you in bits and pieces around the galaxy. Don’t be surprised if dad sends you a short email in the next couple days.

    Stay well now.

    • Hi Deborah. Thank you so much for this great comment. Love it!

      Yes, the ST transporter device… it’s still not working after I bought it on eBay. I’m still waiting for parts to fix it. But nowadays it’s very difficult to get spare computer parts…

      Looking forward to get some news about your dad.

  5. So good to hear from you Herman but so sorry you had to deal with Covid – you know what they say though – “you can’t keep a good man down” and I’m glad you re feeling better. Nurse Jimi probably kept a close eye on you! What a lovely gift for him from your friend Christine – so very nice and what a bunch of fun things for him to play with. As for the state of the world – there will always be pockets of mankind who are kind, loving, and caring and I truly hope and pray they will take over the world one day – soon!

    Love to both of you,
    Pam and Teddy too

    • Hi Pam. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern! I sometimes lay awake at night thinking about all the misery happening all over the world. I’m still hoping that one day things will get better for a lot of people out there…
      Jimi took good care of me while I was sick. And yes, I’m so happy to enjoy my coffee again.

      Sending you love and hugs, my dear friends!

  6. So sorry about your episode with Covid. Soon I shall be the only one who has not had it. I almost feel guilty! Mr Jimi is looking awfully handsome and what a lovely gift he got. Seeing his sweet face will always cause me to smile. My 11 hooligans and I send very best wishes,

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and concern! First I was mad when I got infected because, just like you, I was the only person in my environment who didn’t get sick or infected with Covid for 3 years. I had to stay in bed for 4 days and lost my smell and taste. Thank goodness I’m completely ok right now…

    • Hi Greg. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      Jimi seems to be very happy with his new toys. And yes, I’m happy too to see spring is just around the corner…

    • Hi Correne. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern.
      Jimi is enjoying his new toys a lot, just like I can enjoy my coffees again. Thank goodness spring is waiting for us…

  7. My day just got brighter for a visit with my Belgium boys 💗 What a fabulous treasure trove of goodies you received from Christine! I especially think Kitty Stardust is awesome. How weird not to taste or smell anything for weeks! Glad you’re feeling back to normal Herman. My SIL has what they’re calling, ‘long haul’ Covid, and it’s a nasty cup of tea. There seems to be no rhythm nor reason to who will be affected this way. Luck of the draw it seems. I’m looking forward to spring more than ever. Each winter seems less enjoyable than the last. I guess really, I’m the problem 😏 The good Canadians are out there frolicking in and celebrating each new snow fall with their snowboards, ski’s and skates. I’m swimming against the current here, LOL 💗💗 hugs, K

    • Hi Kelly. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my dear friend! Glad you liked this post and it made you feel a little bit better.
      So sorry to read you’re still having a hard time. Hope you’ll feel better soon and spring can give you a boost.
      I’m completely with you on celebrating the first snow fall. I’m having friends going with their ski’s and snowboards away for a lot of weekends every winter. They used to invite me. But I always stayed home… 🙂

      Sending you love and hugs, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!

    • Hi there. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      I’m feeling very good right now. And Jimi’s enjoying his new toys. So the world seems to be a better place, in my living room… 😉

      Sending you hugs!

  8. Very good to hear from you and Jimi!! Glad you are (hopefully) recovering from being sick and will be able to taste your coffee a little more each day. My daughter has had covid twice and her sense of taste and smell comes and goes. What a strange virus!

    • Hi there. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      I was a bit angry when I got infected after being safe for 3 years. I was the last person in my environment that finally got infected with this strange virus. Thank goodness I’m feeling good again.
      Hope your daughter is feeling good and ok!

  9. Glad you are feeling better and can taste chocolate again. Great shots of Jimi. That was a nice box of goodies. XO

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! Glad you liked the post and photographs!
      Jimi’s still having a great time with his purple ball and carrot…

    • Goh ja, met al die miserie op dit moment doet het wel deugd om dan onverwacht een kadoke te krijgen. En gelukkig schieten de Amerikanen ook al die Chinese UFO’s uit de lucht… Nu nog van die vervelende Russen verlost geraken… 😉

    • Hi Tish. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Glad you liked the post and photographs!
      Onwards and upwards… we fully agree!

  10. Real bummer about covid and lack of taste and smell. Hope they’ve come back in force now. Jimmi is looking mighty fine and the purple ball suits him well. The world really is a scary place at the moment — we must all do our bit to make it better.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, my dear friend!
      I’m having a great time again with my espressos and chocolate. Thank goodness I recovered completely… Now we still have to fix the world! 😉

  11. I’m glad you and Jimi are both doing well. You are so right, life is too short to spend it in a negative way. I think and pray for peace for all, daily. Love and peace to you both.

    • Hi Polly. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      We’re both ok and Jimi is also enjoying the warmer days outside. He’s very happy with his new toys too… Now let’s make our world a better place… 😉

    • Hi Domi. Thank you so much for your kind words! You are so right, we’re lucky to be free and are able to still enjoy nature, art…
      Thanks for the link of that blog. It really looks very good and interesting. Merci bien!

  12. greetingz two ewe jimi and dad herman frum trout towne….we iz knot alienz….ore… may bee we iz ‼️❤️ still nice two see ewe this way again. sorree bout de covid mess, tho we iz buzzed happee dad can taste and smell again !!

    heerz two a grate week a head, a happee valentinez day and N joy all thoz awesum toyz 🐟🐟❤️❤️

    • Hi there, my friends! Glad to see again on my blog, much appreciated! Thanks for your kind comment.
      Hope you are all ok and doing well. Wishing you a great week ahead! Jimi sends his regards!

    • Hi Patricia. Thank you so much for your kind words!
      Thank goodness my taste and smell are back so I can enjoy my espressos again…

  13. I am glad you and Jimi are doing well now, Herman. That is great news! Stay healthy, both of you. The cats and crew send you their warm regards.

    The weather has been a bit erratic here. After a brief warm front, there was sleet and lightning, and then 3 inches of snow. Then it cleared and the cold weather hit. It was 21 degrees Fahrenheit at sunrise this morning, and is in the mid 40s this afternoon. I will get my walk in and look for the tiny red hazelnut flowers.

    • Hi Lavinia. It’s always such a pleasure to read your comments! Glad you and everyone on the Farm is doing well.

      You can already feel that spring is in the air. The birds are making a lot of noise, the first flowers appearing and the sun feels much warmer. We had a mild winter, only a few days with real cold temperatures. I don’t mind and I’m looking forward to having breakfast outside… 😉

      Jimi’s having a great time keeping an eye on all the new birds in the garden. I only hope he doesn’t catch one…

      Wishing you all the best, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  14. Wow, it’s so good that you’re all better and that your sense of taste and smell returned. You have chocolate and espresso to enjoy! Snow, not something you see very often. I hope that’s all over too and you and Jimi can enjoy the wonderful garden before too long. Time for the weekend now…..have a wonderful one!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and concern! It’s always a pleasure to see you return on my blog.
      I’m so glad we’re heading to spring, although I can’t complain about the mild winter so far. Jimi’s already enjoying the longer daylight outside while chasing the returning birds…

      Wishing you a marvellous weekend! Thank you very much for your tweet!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern!
      Jimi likes to keep everything under control. So yes, I have to adept to his way of living… 😉

  15. Herman! Sorry I missed this. I looked the other day to see if you were back and obviously, my laptop did not refresh your page (or that’s my excuse).
    Anyhow, I’m glad you have recovered from Covid and hopefully tasting your favorite treats. What a lovely friend you have in Christine, sending you a Bowie tribute and toys for Jimi. It’s always fun to buy for our fellow cat and dog lovers and favorite humans.

    Have a wonderful day and please give Jimi a few scritches from the crazy Wisconsin cat lady and her furry kids. 🙂😼😼

    • Hi Mary. Thank you so much for your kind words and concern! It’s always a pleasure hearing you again, my dear friend.

      I was much surprised and happy with the toys for Jimi and the beautiful poster to honour Mr. Bowie. And a happy cat means also a happy human… 🙂

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Mary! Jimi sends his regards!

    • Hi Crystal & Daisy Mae. Thank you so much for your kind words and concern! Hope you’re ok too…
      Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a good start tomorrow! Jimi sends his regards!

  16. Hi well thanks for asking but I’m recovering from what I suspect is severely bruised ribs and a fall while being an unpaid caregiver for my Mom but despite that Daisy Mae & I are both good

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Charlotte!
      Oh yes, I was so happy to enjoy my morning espresso and chocolate again… 🙂

  17. Pleased to know that you and Jimi are well. Over here the weather is good, well, very hot actually. Lucky we have a pool and air con (and ice cream lol) so I’m loving summer! ❤️ Sending best wishes to you and virtual pats to Jimi.

    • Hi Jill. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Glad to see you’re enjoying the summer (and ice cream)…!! I’m looking forward to spring and summer. I love having breakfast outside in my garden.

  18. I’m so sorry you got COVID! I do hope you are feeling much better and are able to enjoy chocolate and espressos! Jimi must be thrilled with the wonderful gift!

    Sending hugs from me and Samantha Jo!

    • Hi Pamela. Thank you so much for your kind words and concern! I’m feeling good right now, I was much surprised to get infected after 3 years…
      Jimi enjoys his new toys, the purple ball is still his favourite toy.

      Wishing you all the best! Jimi sends his regards to Samantha Jo!

  19. Such a lovely gift to receive, especially after having Covid. Do hope you are improving day by day, ready for the warmer days of spring.
    Jimi looks like the cat that got the cream! Gorgeous photos.
    Take good care and stay safe.
    Melanie x

    • Hi Melanie. Thank you so much for your kind words and concern! Glad you liked the post and photographs. I’m feeling very good right now and I’m looking forward to the warmer spring days.
      Jimi’s having a great time with his new toys and he loves me joining him…

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Thanks for hanging around all these years. Much appreciated!

      • Thank you…. Glad all is well with you, and yes, those warmer days will soon be upon us.
        Hopefully March will bring the sunshine along with lighter, brighter evenings!
        Take good care.

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    • So cute, isn’t it? I always love to look at a cat’s face, it gives me some peace and comfort…
      Thanks for your comment. Welcome on HoB!

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